IDPH Publishes New COVID-19 Cases Among Young People, Data For 'School Determination'

Eighteen young people tested positive for COVID-19 in Sangamon County during the week of August 23. The weekly number of new cases among those less than 20 years old in each county is one of four metrics the Illinois Department of Public Health began publishing late last month to assist local schools and health departments in making decisions about in-person learning. The numbers on the health department’s website are labeled “Metrics for School Determination and Community Spread.” The rest of the metrics are the same data the department has been providing about counties the positivity rate, new COVID-19 cases and new cases per hundred thousand people.